Heart-to-Heart with Diane

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Gourmet Zuchinni

Zucchini in the home garden can be overwhelming! Not quite sure how those huge monstrosities grow overnight, but they always sneak up on me. Here's a gourmet recipe to the rescue! It is so delicious, you'll be searching for zucchini just so you can make it one more time.

Um-m-m-m, this is so yummy. Something about the oregano and sour cream makes this so tasty!

My Favorite Zucchini Casserole

1/2 lb. hamburger (optional or substitute chicken)
4 medium zucchini, chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 cup cooked brown rice
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 to 3/4 cup sour cream
4-5 large ripe tomatoes, chopped (reserve a few for garnish)
Italian cheese (mozarella, parmesan, asaigo, etc.)

If using meat, brown hamburger in a large skillet. Drain and set aside. Put chopped zucchini in the skillet with a tablespoon or two of water, sprinkle with oregano, and cook over medium heat with a lid on the skillet, to steam it. (You can add some other veggies to sneak in some extra nutrition here, such as a few leaves of swiss chard, shredded, or a bell pepper.) When the zucchini is tender, turn the heat to low and stir in brown rice, hamburger, salt and pepper to taste. Top with a thick layer of chopped tomatoes (you should have equal portions of zucchini and tomatoes. Dot sour cream on top of tomatoes. Sprinkle cheese generously on top. Add the reserved chopped tomatoes as a garnish. May either cook covered on low heat until the cheese melts, or pass it under the broiler to melt the cheese. You don't want to cook the tomatoes. Serves 6. Nutritiously delicious!

My son Ammon cooks up a skillet-full of my favorite zuchinni casserole

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  • At October 4, 2009 at 5:24 PM , Blogger lael gaviola-rogers said...

    i am going to try this! it sounds so good!!! wish me luck!

  • At October 9, 2009 at 5:48 AM , Blogger morninglady said...

    Just wanted to say hello and I can see by skimming thru your blog and after receiving your newsletters by way of email over the past year your family has many of the same convictions mine does, you are an encouragement to many I'm sure. thanks for your diligence and perseverance in sharing your convictions!! I'll be back to read and comment from time to time :)

  • At October 9, 2009 at 8:52 PM , Blogger meymin said...

    This looks yummy. I needed a new recipe to use up the last of my zucchini. Thanks for sharing.

  • At October 11, 2009 at 8:05 PM , Blogger Robin J. Steinweg said...

    I don't know how much feedback you receive from these newsletters, but I want you to know I appreciate them a lot. I print and keep a number of them.

    Here's how: I have a few 3-ring binders. One is for gardening. I have subdivided it into Garden Plans/Ideas, Soil, Composting, Care & Propagation of Specific Plants (where I keep, for instance, your piece about plantain--of which a duplicate was printed out and also put in my Health binder), and Resources. Your square-foot gardening article is in there under Ideas, since I haven't implemented it yet. That will be fun to look at in our cold Wisconsin January.

    Two binders are for recipes. One is "Favorite Recipes" and the other, "Recipes To Try" for those that sound like winners, but I've yet to try them. The zucchini casserole is being moved tonight from "To Try" to "Favorites". I only wish my printer had a color cartridge right now, because your photo made it look so-o-o good.

    And then I have a Health binder. This also holds your article on plantain, and several others of yours as well. You are listed under Resources, too. So--Healing Plants and Herbs and how to prepare & dry them is part of this binder, also information on Vitamins/Supplements, Nutrition, etc.

    Some folks might do better to save these on the computer in a large folder with subdivisions. I still like a hard copy best.

    Thanks for your faithful ministry and encouragement, Diane.

    I'm looking forward to leftovers of this casserole tomorrow!

    Sincerely, Robin J. Steinweg

  • At October 12, 2009 at 1:26 PM , Blogger Baden Fox said...

    I tried this out a few nights ago, and I loved it! Next time I tink I will add more tomatoes, although my husband said I should use less! :) I appreciate enjoy your books and postings. Thanks for sharing all you have learned!
    Mary Fox


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